Nottinghamshire 415 (Hameed 112, Mullaney 92, Fletcher 50, Roland-Jones 4-64, Andersson 3-87) and 6 for 0 lead Middlesex 195 (Pattinson 4-49, Broad 3-39) by 226 runs
Pattinson signed for Notts on an initial one-year deal over the winter as an overseas player – despite the fact he holds a British passport – after retiring from international cricket at the age of 31. That status will allow him to return to Australia to play for Victoria and Melbourne Renegades later this year, at which point he will assess whether his body can cope with the strain of playing all year round.
He looked fit – and fired up – throughout the 17 overs he bowled in the day, and his five-over spell from the Pavilion End after tea would not have looked out of place in a Test match. Three balls after the interval, he bowled Mark Stoneman through the gate with a nip-backer, going wide on the crease from around the wicket and angling the ball up the slope.
And Pattinson’s duel with Peter Handscomb, his Victoria captain, was the highlight. Handscomb is yet to score a half-century at Lord’s since he arrived at Middlesex last summer but played fluently throughout his innings on a slowish pitch, scoring heavily square of the wicket.
He came through a test against the short ball, pulling Pattinson for four when he came around the wicket, but was caught on the crease when he pitched full, trapped in front for 48. Pattinson roared in characteristic style in close proximity to Handscomb; rarely has a Championship dismissal at Lord’s lent itself to Victorian first grade cricket to such an extent.
Middlesex ended the day wondering how things had slipped out of their grasp after Toby Roland-Jones started it with a spell of 9-4-18-4, trapping Steven Mullaney lbw with the first ball of the day and then removing Tom Moores, Liam Patterson-White (both bowled) and Pattinson (caught behind) in quick succession.
But Fletcher and Broad held them up with a stand of 63 in 12.4 overs, with Fletcher tucking into Hollman’s legbreaks and clubbing his way to a sixth first-class fifty from No. 11. He was eventually caught behind for 50 off 54 when he tried to scythe Martin Andersson through point; Broad, unusually, played second fiddle, unbeaten on 11.
Broad’s own contribution was limited to three late wickets as Middlesex’s tailenders looked to swing their way towards the follow-on target: Roland-Jones and Andersson were caught on the pull, while Murtagh was cleaned up poking at a full ball. Broad is candid enough to admit that he is using the early stages of the Championship season as preparation for England’s first Test of the summer, against New Zealand here in two weeks’ time.
He will be grateful, then, for some rest before he bowls again after Notts opted not to enforce the follow-on. Unfortunately for him, it seems unlikely they will still be batting by the time his beloved Nottingham Forest close out the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Sheffield United after tea.
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98